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Quantum Computing Expert Wins Canada's Top Science Prize

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Universit de Montral computer scientist Gilles Brassard

Gilles Brassard is recognized as the founder of quantum information science in Canada and one of its earliest pioneers worldwide.

Credit: NSERC

Canada's most prestigious award for scientists, the Herzberg Gold Medal, was awarded to a Quebec researcher for his work in quantum computing at a ceremony honouring the nation’s top scientific minds. Gilles Brassard, a Universite de Montreal computer science professor and a member of the Contributed Articles Editorial Board for Communications of the ACM, took home the $1-million prize at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's annual awards ceremony earlier this month, where another 18 researchers split five other NSERC honors.

The Herzberg Gold Medal is handed out to a scientist "who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields," according to NSERC.

Brassard is widely regarded as one of the world's top minds in quantum computing, a field that uses theoretical physics to process information at speeds exponentially faster than typical computers. His research has focused on quantum cryptography, which makes transferring sensitive information all but impermeable.

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